Sheffield United: Blades chief pays tribute to Morgan

United director Jim Phipps has praised Chris Morgan.

United director Jim Phipps has praised Chris Morgan.

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Blades director Jim Phipps has hinted that Chris Morgan will remain a key member of United’s backroom team under the club’s new manager.

Morgan was placed in caretaker charge of first-team affairs at Bramall Lane after the South Yorkshire outfit decided to dispense with David Weir’s services last Friday.

But the former United centre-back was unable to arrest their poor form as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Coventry City last weekend despite a spirited second-half showing.

Phipps, the principal advisor to United co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, said: “The new manager will play a significant role in defining the roles of key staff. There can be no doubt that Chris Morgan - a Blades legend and a go-to guy in tough times - is a person of well proven mettle.

“We will not be dictating what role Chris will play, but I am sure he will be accorded the respect he is due.

“He certainly has our thanks for always being there when he is needed.

“Chris is the very definition of what it means to be a Blade, in good times and in bad.”